Punic Wars

Punic Wars

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  • Rome built a navy for the first Punic War in 264 B.C. They would take over Carthaginian ships by ramming into them and using bridges to unload soldiers onto the other ships.
  • After 23 years of war, Carthage asked for peace. They had to pay a large sum of money and give up Sicily to the Romans.
  • In 218 B.C., Hannibal assembled a huge Carthaginian army that included horse soldiers. He won several battles but didn't have enough resources to attack the cities, so instead he caused trouble in the countryside.
  • Rome invaded Africa and threatened Carthage. Hannibal's government ordered him to defend the city. In Africa, he couldn't defeat the Roman general Scipio. In 202 B.C. at the battle of Zama, the Romans defeated Hannibal and Carthage again had to give up a lot of money. Carthage now had no power.
  • Even though Carthage wasn't a threat anymore, some Romans still hated the city. The Roman Senate decided to crush Carthage. 
  • In 149 B.C., Rome declared war on Carthage. After a bitter siege, Carthage was destroyed in 146 B.C.
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